Police issue gamer safety warning over new Pokémon Go game

The game has been released in several countries, but is still to come to the UK

Police in Australia have issued a statement following the release of new video game Pokémon Go.

Pokémon Go – out now in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Japan – is an augmented-reality edition of the popular game franchise and sees the fictional creatures superimposed into real life settings.

Following the game’s release down under, the Darwin Police Station in Australia’s North Territory issued a statement telling fans to not visit their station looking for Pokémon and to be aware of their surroundings while playing the game.

The statement reads: “For those budding Pokemon Trainers out there using Pokémon Go – whilst the Darwin Police Station may feature as a Pokestop, please be advised that you don’t actually have to step inside in order to gain the pokeballs.”

“It’s also a good idea to look up, away from your phone and both ways before crossing the street. That Sandshrew isn’t going anywhere fast.”

Pokémon Go has not yet been released in the UK, but you can watch a trailer for the game below.

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